More than any other two positions the running backs and the linebackers brought out the most talent in the region. You basically had the top kids from Southern Oregon at both spots. It was an impressive group that got after it all day long, and it was EXTREMELY tough to pick an MVP on either side. We want to congratulate all of the athletes on a job well done and we look forward to working with all of of our Southern Oregon kids in the near future. QB ‘s and WR’s will be reported on tomorrow.
(Evan Hisey 6-0 215 Jr. RB North Medford)
Evan Hisey 6-0 215 Jr. North Medford-
This is a kid that was sidelined for part of last season with an injury and showed up looking ready to go in 2012. As most people know N.Medford has a proud football tradition, with the last few years being some of the most difficult the school has ever had. Last season the Black Tornado went (1-9) with a 2 point victory over a win less South Eugene team.
With the help of legendary coach Rod Rumrey and new Head Coach Mike Mitchell the Tornado are looking to get things turned around. Fortunately for them they will have the services of Hisey who is just a beast. He’s big, fast and an equally good linebacker. His ability to run with power and still maintain top speed is impressive. If he can maintain his health he will be one of the top players in the SWC on both sides of the ball.
Hisey edged two very talented Southern Oregon backs in Christian Bowley and Brandon Williams. Both Bowley and Williams are already established in their respective conferences so it was an important day for Hisey to show what he can do. He spent most of last season at linebacker after getting hurt in the Crater game. He should be used a great deal more this season as the Tornado will need use a lot more clock.
Christian Bowley 5-6 165 So. South Medford- Another high profile kid that did very well against an impressive group of linebackers. Earned 2nd team all league honors last season going for 800+ all purpose yards and 10 Total Tds while splitting carries with Denzel Mobley. This year he will be the man and will get most of the carries, and be a potential Offensive SWC Player of the Year candidate
Brandon Williams 5-9 165 Jr. Cascade Christian- Ran the fastest 40 time of anyone at the combine (4.60) in very cold conditions, potential 3a state track champion this up coming season. Showed off impressive speed and agility after running for 1700 yards and 20 + Tds last season. Had an outstanding camp and should be considered one of the top small school football players in Oregon.
Ethan White 5-8 140 8th Ashland- Talented 8th grader with football family who competed well against 6 projected 1st team all league linebackers. Both him and his older brother Danial have maintained to the unique ability to excel against older more experienced competition.
Bryan Rohrs 5-9 155 So South Medford- Did a good job against some top competition, competed very well against some ridiculously good linebackers.
(David Henry 6-0 230 Jr. Oakland)
David Henry 6-0 230 Jr. Oakland-
One of the state’s top linebackers from 2a Oakland, narrowly beat out six linebackers that all project as first team all league kids in their respective conferences this season. It was the most talented group of any position at the entire combine so it says a lot to win the award. Henry was named Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 and finished second in tackles per game (20.3) and third in total tackles (243) nationwide-Max Preps. Add this to his 16 sacks and you have some of the most ridiculous numbers we have ever seen. Henry is also a two time state champion wrestler and has gone 70-0 over the last couple seasons with very few challenges.
David separated himself on the field with his tenacity and ability to read. He is a kid that excels with pads on, as he has abnormal strength combined with running back speed from his linebacker spot. He also went for 1578 yards on the ground and 24 Tds. He is a kid that should easily be the Oregon 2a Player of the Year and should be considered one of the Top 5 backers in the state.
Nate Lewis 6-1 215 So. Arlington (WA)- This kid is going to be really good. Physically very mature for his age and also a very good TE. Look for Lewis to jump up our new rankings board when released shortly. His ability to run well and go 100 percent at all times will prove crucial. He is one of the top players in the state of Washington for the class of 2014.
Mason Montgomery 6-0 210 So. Ashland- Did a very good job showing off unique body control for a young linebacker and making most of his reads..1st Team all league LB that led his team in tackles and should be a Midwestern League Defensive Player of the Year Candidate in 2012. Was all league as a freshman and will be a 4 year starter at the school.
Marcus McGovern 6-1 210 So. Sheldon- Has been mentored by one of Oregon’s top backers the last two seasons in Dawson Housley, and should fill in nicely with James Banks and Ivan Faulhaber fillling the other 2 LB spots.. Extremely strong and developed for a sophomore, with a ridiculous upside…Knows how to read and moves well.
Ulu Porter 6-1 225 Jr. Jr. Graham- Kapowsin (WA) 1st Team all league D lineman that projects as a backer in college, and made the switch at this recent combine. Ranked as one of the top 50 athletes and 10 backers in Washington coming into 2012..Physical, fast kid with lineman strength and a football family.
Aaron Downes 6-0 205 Jr. Thuston- 2nd Team all league linebacker that has been a Barton Camp guru over the years. Probably the Colts top player returning and should also get a lot of the carries. One of the better backers in the SWC. Outstanding work ethic and motor.